In Lancaster we are located amidst some of the finest landscapes in England.

Our surroundings allow us to give you regular hands-on experience of a wide range of environmental, ecological and geological situations in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Bowland Fells and Morecambe Bay.

We provide you with many different opportunities for fieldwork, ranging from half- or full-day excursions, to week-long residential trips in the UK and overseas, including Spain, Italy, Iceland, Croatia, the USA, and Brazil.


We run geography field courses to New York, Iceland and the Mediterranean, environmental science courses to the Scottish Isles, Devon and Mt. Etna, and biology and ecology courses to the Amazon, Spain and the Highlands. For a more complete list, see details for the the degree scheme that interests you.

Field Station

In addition to short field trips and residential courses, you can gain hands-on experience at our field station at Hazelrigg, where we have a meteorological station, along with facilities for pollutant monitoring, solar domes, and a range of other field equipment. A number of our courses make use of this convenient facility right next to our campus.

Dissertation Fieldwork

Most students undertake a dissertation project under the guidance of our research-active staff, with a number of projects contributing to publications in the scientific literature each year. You could choose to undertake a field-based research project

  • in the nearby Lake District
  • further afield in Scotland or Europe
  • associated with projects in locations like Borneo or the Himalayas.

These projects might also involve data analysis or numerical modelling using a range of laboratory and computer methods to build on the experimental results collected in the field.

Field Trip Costs

Most afternoon and day trips are free, and residential field courses are either free if compulsory or heavily subsidised if optional.